Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport
Bandar Udara Internasional
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II
|Owner||Government of Indonesia|
|Operator||PT Angkasa Pura II|
|Location||Talang Betutu, South Sumatra. Indonesia|
|Elevation AMSL||121 ft / 37 m|
Sumatra region in Indonesia
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Sultan Mahmud Badarudin II) (IATA: PLM, ICAO: WIPP) is an international airport serving the city of Palembang, South Sumatra and surrounding areas. It is located in the region KM.10 Talang Betutu District. It is named after Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin, the last Sultan of Palembang.
At least as early as 1938, Palembang was served by a civil airport at Talang Betutu, operating as a Customs Aerodrome equipped with wireless and direction finding equipment, and basic ground facilities. For Allies the airport was known as Palembang P1 (or just P1). The airport was re-built by the Japanese army during the Japanese occupation in 1942–1943. On July 15, 1963, it was a joint airfield, for civilian and military purposes. Then on August 21, 1975 the status of became Talang Betutu Civil Airports. On April 3, 1985, all aviation activities were moved to Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport.
Effective April 1, 1991, the airport is officially managed by the Management of Perum Angkasa Pura II. On January 2, 1992 Management Perum Angkasa Pura II changed its status into PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura II.
When South Sumatra Province was chosen as the host of PON XVI in 2004, the government soughts to enlarge the capacity of the airport as well as change the status into an international airport. New terminal building Airport Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II was completed and inaugurated on September 27, 2005.
After development the airport became an international airport and can accommodate the wide-body aircraft as of September 27, 2005. The development started on September 18, 2003 with a total cost of Rp366, 7 billion from the Japan International Bank Corporation IDR 251,9 billion and matching funds from the state budget amounting to IDR 114,8 billion. Between the development undertaken is an extension of the runway along the 300 meters x 60 meters to 3,000 meters x 60 meters, construction vehicle parking area of 20,000 meters which can accommodate 1,000 vehicles as well as the construction of a three-floor passenger terminal covering 13,000 square meters which can accommodate 1,250 passengers, equipped aerobridges and cargo terminals, and other support buildings covering an area of 1900 square meters. This development means Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport can accommodate Airbus A330, Boeing 747, Boeing 777, and other wide-body aircraft.
The airport is being developing once again for 2018 Asian Games, which has started in late 2016 and expected to finish by 2017. Passenger capacity of the terminal, which has a capacity of 3.4 million passengers per year, will increase to 4 million passengers and check in counters will be increased to 43. Capacity of apron area will also increase to accommodate 19 aircraft. The terminal area will be expanded from current 34,000 square meters to 115,000 square meters. Passenger capacity of the airport will be gradually increase to accommodate 9 million passengers annually.
Airlines and destinations
On September 24, 1975, Garuda Indonesia Flight 150 crashed on approach to Talang Betutu Airport. The accident, which was attributed to poor weather and fog, killed 25 out of 61 passengers plus one person on the ground.
Anticipating traffic congestion during the period of 2018 Asian Games, the local government built the Palembang Light Rail Transit, which connects the airport to Jakabaring Sport City.  Only some of the stations were opened in time for the games. The remaining stations opened on 18 October 2017. The Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport LRT station serves the airport. The LRT's fare separates passengers riding to and from the airport and those who don't, with the former paying a higher fare of Rp 10,000 while the latter pays Rp 5,000.
- Indralaya-Palembang-Sultan Mahmud Badarudin II Airport toll road, which is now under construction will facilitate access the airport.
- Section 1: Palembang-Pamulutan, 7.75 kilometers length, is opened on October 12, 2017
- Section 2: Pamulutan-KTM S. Rambutan, 4.90 kilometers length, is predicted opened in March 2018
- Section 3: KTM S. Rambutan-Indralaya, 9.28 kilometers length, land acquisition progress 98 percent and constructions progress 83 percent, is predicted opened in December 2017
- Garuda Indonesia flight from Palembang to Jeddah includes a stop-over at Padang. However, Garuda Indonesia does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Palembang and Padang.
- Lion Air flight from Palembang to Jeddah includes a stop-over at Thiruvananthapuram. However, Lion Air does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Palembang and Thiruvananthapuram.
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